When it comes to selling, most are having a hard time of it. It now appears that any items priced above 99p will not raise a bid. Did you know that there are a group of dealers out there buying up lots. They usually elect one person to buy the lot, and then re-auction it among themselves..malpractice is my term for this mutiny. Then there are the sneaky uncooth snipers who place a bid within the last few seconds. The only way to buy is to place your maximum bid on the item, and leave it at that. In many cases there will be another for sale sooner or later, all you have to do is wait. Why should sellers have to offer their lots at a mere 99p. Some items that aer worth £20+, are selling for 99p. You could not hope to pay this price in a shop or at a stamp fair, and would probably be asked about half-cat value. Most items are only listed at this price to save on listing fees, but its only 15p to list an item up to £4.99, unless you show more than one picture. So you Tight Fisted Buyers who want a £100 item fot 99p are having a field day. When are you going to dig deeper into your pocket and offer a reasonable price for your purchase. If you place a £20 bid and end up with the item for less, then you have a bargain. Then there are the other sort of buyers who do not care what they pay as long as they secure the item. These are the idiots, as they cannot take it with them when they go, and I very much doubt if they will get their money back when it come to selling it. So it appears that anything over 99p is too expensive for most. But the true collectors always shine through and offer a reasonable sum for a reasonable stamp, Hooray for them. In have also noted that most stamps are only available in unused condition [mint]. Has it not occured to you that mint stamps are plentiful, with everybody offering them. Try and find a few fine used sets and you will have to search a little harder. Fine used are now becomming increasingly difficult to find and seem to hold their value moreso than mint stamps, unless of course they are classic issues etc. Having no wish to offend, mint stamps are virtually labels and have not been used for the purpose they were issued for ie: to prepay the postage on a item going from A to B. It is all to easy to go to the Post Office and get all the new issues mint, and this is not really collecting. Try finding the same issues in fine used condition, [without buying FDCs] and you will then know what it is like to hunt down the items you require, and you will become an accomplished collector. Besides, generally speaking, most new issues these days are printed by the millions, and will never increase that much in value. I recently purchased over 200 FDCs for less then £30, to give away to junior collectors. At the end of the day I suppose an item is only worth what you are willing to pay for it. But do be careful. If items on the internet are to continue to sell at 99p, then stamp collecting has no future. I wonder how many collectors will attend the 200th Anniversary of the Penny Black in 2040, or will our hobby be a thing of the past to be viewed perhaps in museums only. H.L.